September 22, 2011

Men's Golf Back in Action Next Week at Flagler College

Contact: Steve Cunha,

DAHLONEGA, GA - Fresh off of a top 10 finish at USCA Kiawah Island Intercollegiate, the North Georgia men's golf team is preparing to travel to St. Augustine, Florida, to take part in the 2011 Jay Jennison Memorial Tournament hosted by Peach Belt foe Flagler College.

The Saints' 10th place finish at Kiawah was their best finish in the three years they have competed there. Head coach Tom Fowler believes North Georgia can continue their impressive play and compete with the field in St. Augustine.

Leading the way for North Georgia is senior Howard Duffin who looks to continue his stellar play coming off of a third place finish at the opening tournament of the fall. Duffin carded a one-under-par 143 (70-73) to pace the Saints in South Carolina. Jake Martin, Matt Rochlin and Grant Rish are all coming of solid tournaments as well. The trio improved their second round scores by 10, eight, and one shot respectively.

Martin had a two-day total of 154, which helped him jump from 67th place after the first day of action to a tie for 35th to end the tournament. Rochlin shot a 16-over-par 160 (84-76) and also boosted his position from 77th after the first round to a 60th place finish.

The Saints did not participate in the 2010 Jay Jennison Memorial Tournament and look to make a splash this year, building off their strong finish in the second round of the opening tournament of the 2011-12 campaign. 

Last year USC Beaufort won the team title at the Jay Jennison Memorial Tournament, holding off host Flagler to win by one stroke. The Sand Sharks topped the 15 team field thanks in large part to Jon Pannone who shot a 143 (70-73) to capture the individual title and Luke McClellan who shot a 146 (72-72) to finish in a tie for second place. 

The 2011 Jay Jennison Memorial tournament is contested at the par-72 Palencia Golf Club in St. Augustine, Florida. The Palencia Golf Club is just over 7,000 yards from the tips with a course rating of 72.1 and a slope rating of 132 on Bermuda grass. The course was designed by Arthur Hills and opened in 2002.

This year's event features 15 teams including five schools from the Peach Belt Conference. The tournament will be a two-round, 36-hole event (18 each day). Action is slated to get underway on Monday, September 26.